The constant frustration coming from the Dallas Cowboys is their continued philosophy’s around team-building. It’s a very simple, very dull way of doing things:
- Use the draft as the prominent basis for talent acquisition.
- Grow, develop and re-sign ‘our’ own players.
- Prioritize certain positions over others. Trying not to ‘reset the market’.
- Don’t spend big in free agency on outside talent.
- Look for inexpensive veterans who can fill needs.
- Explore the trade markets, but avoid making splash moves unless necessary (Amari Cooper).
These philosophies have effectively been intact since the last time the Dallas Cowboys spent big in outside free agency, acquiring Brandon Carr in 2012. In the 10 seasons since, the team is 82-63 in the regular season, 1-4 in the postseason.
Not only are these beliefs unpopular, they’re proving to be ignorant and stubborn. As other franchises are using all three phases (trades, draft and free agency) to garner success. Most notably the LA Rams and their constant pursuits of improving their team. Starting with head coach Sean McVay.
McVay recently spoke to ESPN’s Seth Wickersham. He talked about his rise in the coaching ranks, and his desires to be great and what it has taken to get there.
However, one aspect of the interview is indirectly pointed at the Jones family and the front office. Talking about getting Matthew Stafford and what a bold move it would be, but needed to be done in order to finally achieve a Super Bowl.
“Here’s the f—ing deal, OK? We can sit here and exist, and be OK winning nine to 11 games, and losing in the f—ing divisional round and feel like, ‘Oh, everything’s OK.’ Or, we could let our motherf—ing nuts hang, and go trade for this f—ing quarterback, and give ourselves a chance to go win a f—ing world championship. You ready to f—ing do this or what?”
These comments speak directly to the Dallas Cowboys front office. Specifically, Stephen Jones who has and continues to spear-head these frugal team-building strategies.
In fact, when Jones had to defend his beliefs (again) on 105.3 The Fan in training camp, not only did he double-down, but mentioned the Rams by name. Saying that even though what they did resulted in a Championship, the Cowboys structure is going to work. Eventually.
“Winning off-seasons has gotten us nowhere. When you say, ‘Hey, what are you doing to change, what are you doing to do something different, that’s going to change the narrative? So when you do get to the playoffs, you’re able to have some success.
How do you change the narrative that you win some playoff games and you do compete for championships. Winning off-seasons and getting veteran players, there’s no question when the Rams step up and do what they did and they win a Super Bowl. Of course, their mantra was ‘get some big-name players, who did show up for them in the postseason.
Then that becomes ‘Look at the Rams, look at what they did. Everyone needs to emulate it.’ It’s a copycat league, I get that. I understand our fan’s frustrations. What we’re doing here is certainly not a flashy, sexy way we went about it this offseason, but we feel really good that the results are going to be much better.”
It doesn’t seem to both dad, Jerry Jones, all too much of the criticism. Often enjoying the attention brought to the franchise as a result. Despite not yielding any valuable results.
Since the Cowboys last Super Bowl win and appearance, the franchise only has three playoff wins to their name. The same number of playoff wins it took the Rams and Cincinnati Bengals to each get to the Super Bowl in February.
At the rate the Cowboys are going, they’ll get that fourth playoff win around 2031.
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting a different result. Not only are the Dallas Cowboys insane to continue the path their on, but they seem eager to enjoy the benefit$ along the way.
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